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In addition to the start date, several other key days were released.
Training camps can start on Feb. 22, the beginning of a six-week preseason. Players will have to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine before being allowed to train.
The final day of the regular season is slated for Nov. 7, with playoffs beginning Nov. 19 and concluding with the Dec. 11 championship game.
The decision to invoke the force majeure clause hit a sour note with the MLSPA, which felt it had made major concessions to the league in renegotiating the CBA it had agreed upon just months before the pandemic hit. The MLSPA didn’t respond to the league’s move to invoke force majeure until Jan. 22 — as both sides had only engaged by releasing statements through social media or comments to the press — but is currently in talks.